Firstandlastrunning staged their Plym Trail Winter Marathon & Half Marathons during the Easter weekend.
The Plym Trail is situated within an AONB on Dartmoor National Park, surrounded by stunning forests and valleys. The trail follows the historic railway from Coypool in Plymouth to the small picturesque village of Clearbrook.The start took place at Clearbrook Village Hall. The runners set off with a short loop of the village, before heading down Cycle route 27 towards the outskirts of Plymouth, before climbing back towards the finish at the village hall. Marathoners had to complete this route twice!
The weather conditions for both the Saturday & Sunday races were just about perfect, with sunny and cool temperatures.
Four Teignbridge Club runners dusted off their running shoes on Saturday morning for the Marathon, after the enforced Lockdown break. Their training must have gone well though, as they all performed admirably.
Club Chairman, Roger Hayes ran his usual solid race, and notched yet another marathon to his ever growing total. Roger finished 4th in a time of 03:42:13.
Paul Sharples ran superbly well to finish in 14th position, clocking an impressive time of 04:13:41.
Kirsty Bowman & Sharon Sharples finished 16th & 17th with great times of 04:28:13 & 04:48:31. This race was also Sharon’s 71st Marathon!! 29 to go for the magic century.
The race winner was Ross Portass, winning in a time of 03:02:53. There were 25 finishers.
Stephanie Ross made her racing comeback in the Half Marathon. Steph last wore the Trotters vest 6 years ago! She came back with a bang, clocking a very encouraging time 02:04:07 to finish in 12th spot. Watch her go now!
There were 28 entrants.
On Easter Sunday, Kris Ward trounced the Marathon field, winning in a hugely impressive time of 03:02:33. Kris just goes from strength to strength.
There were 27 finishers.
On Good Friday, four Trotters took part in the Fast Friday 5K & 10K races, organised by City Runs. The venue was Devon & Exeter racecourse on Haldon Hill.
The event was superbly run, with all the covid restrictions in place, and runners were set off depending on their predicted finish positions.
The route was surprisingly undulating, with a strong headwind to endure along the home straight, which was negotiated four times!
In the 10K, Julian Scanes led the trio of Club runners home. Although not a distance Julian is familiar with, he ran fantastically to finish in 56th position, crossing the line in 00:40:50.
James Saunders clocked a time of 00:42:00 to finish 67th & Scott Knight took 143rd place in a solid time of 00:58:58.
The race winner was Ben Holmes representing Exeter Harriers. His winning time was 00:32:29.
There were 157 runners.
In the 5K race, Matthew Day, our only Trotter on view, flew the flag with great distinction. Matthew clocked a rapid time of 00:20:31, to finish in 63rd place.
Race winner was Oliver Smart, a Tavistock Run Project athlete. The winning time was 00:14:46.
There were 91 runners.